Moroccan dairy cuts carbon footprint by recycling liquid waste

Moroccan dairy cuts carbon footprint by recycling liquid waste

A large dairy uses a tailor-made plant solution from EnviroChemie to recycle its liquid waste and efficiently reduce energy consumption and operating costs.

What we did

Generating energy instead of consuming it: the combined treatment of liquid waste and wastewater, which produces biogas, is an attractive alternative to conventional wastewater treatment and disposal for dairies.

  • Objective


    A large dairy in Morocco that belongs to an international food company was looking for a sustainable solution to the disposal of liquid waste. Using the slurry in agriculture was not an option. The costs for the disposal of liquid waste and product returns needed to be sustainably reduced to provide planning security for the coming years.

  • Solution


    EnviroChemie developed a sustainable plant concept. Instead of disposing of the liquid waste completely, it focused on biogas production. To achieve this,  EnviroChemie designed and installed a Biomar® anaerobic bioreactor, in which methane, i.e. biogas, and carbon dioxide are produced from the liquid waste in the absence of oxygen.

    More than 95% of the COD load of up to 13 t/day is converted into biogas in the bioreactor. In addition to approximately 80 m³ of whey from production, the flotation sludge and sludge from the aerobic wastewater treatment are also fed into the anaerobic reactor. That amounts to about 160 m³ of additional liquid waste with a high energy value. Up to 12 m³ of product returns and expired milk are also recycled daily.

  • Results


    Anaerobic technology uses less energy than the conventional aerobic process. The reduction in aerobic wastewater treatment means electricity consumption can be reduced by up to 30%.

    The dairy uses the biogas obtained in this way to generate steam to heat and pasteurise the milk, making an oil saving of around 30%.

    The amount of waste to be disposed of, and with it the disposal costs, is also significantly reduced. With the installed plant solution from EnviroChemie, the dairy gains planning reliability and is less affected by any increases in disposal costs.


"We confirm that the dairy's wastewater treatment plant was installed in accordance with recognised technical rules and successfully commissioned. We have been satisfied with the installation and the support of EnviroChemie, the manufacturer of the plant. We recommend EnviroChemie as a competent specialist for industrial wastewater treatment."

EDF Fénice Maroc SAS

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